ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The annual Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Service was held on Thursday, May 19, 2016, inside the Albany Civic Center.
Family members of loved ones who were killed in the line of duty gathered with area law enforcement agencies to remember their fallen officers.
This year's guest speaker was Jackie Rouse. The mother of Dougherty County Police Lt. Cliff Rouse.
Her son was shot and killed while chasing an armed robbery suspect in 2010.
Rouse encouraged the community to support their officers and "back the blue."
According to Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul, in 2016, 36 officers have been killed in the line of duty in the United States. Two of those officers were from Georgia.
The sheriff says law enforcement agencies have received a lot of support from Back the Blue and other organizations.
"We don't have a lot of young people running and knocking down the doors and wanting to go into work for law enforcement for many reasons. It's a very tough environment to work in," Sheriff Sproul says.
Thursday's memorial service was part of National Police Week.